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Van Halen details new album, massive U.S. tour

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Van Halen have revealed additional details regarding their new studio album and upcoming U.S. tour. As previously reported, the iconic rock band will reunite with lead singer David Lee Roth for their first album together since 1983’s 1984. According to Rolling Stone, the new album is entitled A Different Kind of Truth and will see release on February 7th via Interscope Records. The lead single, “Tattoo”, and its corresponding music video will premiere on January 10th.

A week after the album’s release, the band will launch an expansive U.S. tour, their first such venture together in five years. The trek currently spans 46 dates in 45 cities (New York City has two dates) and runs until late June. According to Pollstar, funk pioneers Kool & The Gang will serve as support on select dates for some reason or another.

Also according to Pollstar, tickets for dates through April 1st will go on sale January 14th, so stay tuned to the band’s website for additional on sale dates and ticketing information.

Tonight’s news broke as the band was playing an intimate show at New York City’s Cafe Wha? for a small group of invited guests and press. Update: Check out a few choice cuts – including older demo “She’s the Woman” – from the show below. We’ll update as they keep coming.

The current Van Halen lineup features Roth, founding members Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Eddie’s 20-year son Wolfgang Van Halen, who replaced longtime basist Michael Anthony in 2006.

“Panama” (Live at Cafe Wha?):

“Everybody Wants Some” (Live at Cafe Wha?):

“She’s the Woman” (Live at Cafe Wha?):

Van Halen 2012 Tour Dates:
02/18 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
02/20 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
02/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
02/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
02/28 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/01 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/03 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
03/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/09 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
03/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
03/15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
03/17 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
03/21 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
03/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
03/28 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
03/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
04/01 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
04/10 – Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
04/12 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
04/14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
04/16 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
04/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
04/21 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
04/25 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
04/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/01 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
05/05 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
05/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
05/09 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
05/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
05/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
05/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
05/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
05/24 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
05/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
06/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
06/03 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
06/05 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
06/12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
06/14 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
06/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
06/20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airways Center
06/22 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
06/24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
06/26 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena

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